Okimono carved ivory signed Mitsugetsu man young child Meiji Japan nineteenth

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G10 110

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Okimono * carved ivory signed Mitsugetsu, depicting a man holding a young child swaddled in his arms, from Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912).

This okimono is in good condition. Signed below.

A note: slight wear of time, see photos.

Specimen in worked ivory, prior to 1 July 1947 and therefore in accordance with Regulation EC 338/97 of 09/12/1996 art.2-Wmc.


and the netsuke are statuettes made mostly of ivory, produced by the same Japanese artisans. They share decorative techniques and identical themes. Both draw on the repertoire of Japanese goddesses and gods, animal bestiaries and small Japanese crafts. Virtuosity, multiplicity of details and humor preside over their execution. But, while the netsuke is the accessory of the traditional garment, okimono has no utilitarian function. It is designed as a simple and often larger decorative statuette. Moreover, okimono is a much more recent creation, dating from the last seventy years of the Edo era (1603-1868). Some authors see it as the perfect ornament of Tokonoma, the small alcove located in the reception room of a Japanese house (Gazette Drouot extract).

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  • Height 7,7 cm
  • Width 3,5 cm